The true difference between organic and synthetic fertilizers is how they are made. Organic is made from materials from plants and animals, while synthetic fertilizers are produced by chemical reactions that produce ammonia, or sometimes by rocks and minerals. When deciding whether to go the organic route or not, consider the benefits your lawn and garden reaps from organic fertilizers. There is a common misconception, as there is with many organic products, that more time and effort will be required if you choose the organic route. This is not necessarily true, as organic fertilizers create storage pockets in the soil that feed your plants, allowing you to fertilize less often. In addition to storing nutrients, the soil absorbs more water when fertilized organically, meaning you water your plants less often as well.
Nitrogen is one of the main components of the macronutrients that fertilizers are made of, and must have a controlled release or else your plants will suffer. Organic fertilizers release nitrogen more slowly than synthetic, allowing a proper growth rate for your plants. If too much nitrogen is released, your plants could have leaf damage, or have too much leaf growth as opposed to flowering. The nitrogen, if too prevalent, can also run into your water, which then produces the pollutant nitrate, which is unsafe to drink and creates a poor environment for your plants.
You have two options when using organic fertilizers: buy pre-made, or DIY. Not only do I prefer the DIY home production, but you can tailor the fertilizer to your lawn’s specific needs. The best way to see what your lawn is lacking, or has too much of, is to take a soil sample and send it to a lab to be analysed, or do a simple at-home test that can be purchased at lawn care stores.
From one lawn enthusiast to another: treat your lawn kindly and it will surely present you with results to be proud of!
Thank you so much Phillip for your insight. As far as I’m concerned whenever it comes to my garden the organic route rather than the synthetic or chemical route is the road I always take.